Restaurants in California

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Less than a block from the University of California campus, this Berkeley coffee shop is housed in a red-brick storefront with large picture windows.... Read More

Occupying a scenic, 16-acre estate in St. Helena, Brix is a combination restaurant, wine shop, and vegetable garden owned by the Kelleher family. The... Read More

Ray Garcia's modern take on Mexican cuisine fits Downtown's emerging dining scene, bringing polish to dishes like camote, an Okinawa sweet potato with... Read More

Weekend mornings, locals queue up outside this diner-like restaurant, where biscuits and glazed ribs are considered standard brunch fare. Read More

Bun Mee’s fusion Vietnamese sandwiches are light enough for lunch but filling enough for dinner. Don’t miss the Belly Bun, piled high with... Read More

Buon Appetito brings food, wine, and art together in dowtown’s Little Italy district. Along with a wine bar and market next door, Buon Appetito... Read More

The kitchen serves excellent pastas (pumpkin-filled tortelloni, gnocchi Gorgonzola) to a crowd of professors and local families. Read More

The Burger: Burger Joint is a retro, ‘50s-style indie chain with five locations in the Bay Area. In keeping with the righteous NoCal foodie... Read More

This Burmese/Chinese hole-in-the-wall inspires such cultish devotion that regulars—including both value-conscious college students and ethnic-food... Read More

This surf-themed establishment resides in far southern Long Beach, near the marina, along Alamitos Bay, and beyond a recessed entrance. Inside, Buster... Read More

Brunch goes south of the border at this Mexican deli. There are traditional favorites like killer huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos, and chilaquiles.... Read More

Lunch on a chicken-spinach-feta sandwich on homemade panini. Read More

After 30 years and two changes of ownership, the restaurant is still Mendo’s answer to Chez Panisse: the Dungeness crab cakes are winners. Read More

Café Chloe is a French bistro and coffee-tea house in the East Village. The outside is marked by large awnings and outdoor terrasse. Inside,... Read More

Dive into Italian seafood—shrimp scampi, and salmon fettuccine—at the waterfront, touristy-but-fun restaurant. Read More

Cafe Flore’s street-facing patio is one of the Castro’s very best places for brunch in the sunshine. Their house-made oat berries with... Read More

San Francisco’s Café Gratitude was founded by Matthew and Terces Engelhart after Terces read a book about live foods (foods that have not... Read More

This chic café prepares wholesome, plant-based fare with flair. Each dish is named for an adjective that expresses gratitude, so ordering does double... Read More

From its adjacent butcher shop, Café Rouge serves a variety of cured meats, fresh cuts, sausages, and pâtés. The menu changes... Read More

An offshoot of the Surfas Restaurant Supply & Gourmet Food shop, this casual café serves breakfast and lunch dishes that incorporate artisan... Read More

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